EU directive urged for product declarations

Consultancy outlines role for European Commission to issue rules on environmental product declarations

The European Commission should propose a new framework directive outlining minimum requirements for environmental product (type III) declarations or EPDs, an extensive report ordered by the EU executive has recommended. EPDs are product profiles that use life cycle analysis to provide an environmental assessment of individual goods. They offer an alternative to other forms of ecolabelling in assisting green procurement practices.

EPDs and related schemes already exist in a number of sectors: industry body Cefic's product stewardship programme for the chemicals sector, and Volvo's use of EPDs on its vehicles are just two examples. At country level, Sweden is one of the most advanced with two formalised EPD schemes, while others such as Denmark, France and Norway are at the draft stage.

Please sign in to access this article. To subscribe, view our subscription options, or take out a free trial.

Please enter your details

Forgotten password?

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
subs@endseurope.com
or call 020 8267 8120

Not a subscriber?

Take a free trial now to discover the critical insights and updates our coverage offers subscribers.